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How do you register to use SocialSecurity.gov?

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Register to use SocialSecurity.gov by going to the My Account section of the website and choosing the Create An Account option. When creating an account, you need to provide some personal information.

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When creating your online account, you are asked to answer questions to which only you would know the answer. You are also asked to create a unique user ID and password to keep your account secure. The Social Security Administration only allows people to create accounts for themselves, no one can create an account on behalf of another individual, even with written permission to do so.

With an online account, you can keep track of your earnings record if you are not yet of age to receive Social Security benefits. You can also get an estimate of future benefits through your online account, get a replacement Medicare card, change your address or start and manage your direct deposit information. An online account also allows you to obtain a letter with proof of benefits if you already receive them.

Since online accounts allow users to have instant access to their benefit information, the Social Security Administration no longer sends out paper statements to current and future Social Security recipients.

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